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    Windows 10 to11 Migration in a Domain environment

    by glenn.fleischer ·

    I’m looking for some best practices of how Admins are upgrading Windows 10 to Windows 11 in a Domain environment.

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      If it’s a big company.

      by rproffitt ·

      In reply to Windows 10 to11 Migration in a Domain environment

      Then you cycle machines in to be reimaged with your new build. If your company has hundreds of different machines then you are in for a long hard slog through the swamp. There is no magic here to fix what would be fixing the barn door after the horses got out.

      Also, why bother? W10 has support til October 14, 2025. And as we’ve seen before, companies run such well past those dates.

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      by peterklein336 ·

      In reply to Windows 10 to11 Migration in a Domain environment

      Upgrading everyone’s work computers (domain) to Windows 11 can be tricky. To make things go smoothly, it’s best to try Windows 11 on a few machines first. This helps identify any issues before a wider rollout. Once everything works well with Windows 11, check if your company software is compatible. With the groundwork laid, plan a staged upgrade. Start with a small group to iron out any kinks, then gradually upgrade more computers. Your network tools can help control how and when these upgrades happen. Finally, inform your colleagues about the upgrade plan and support them as they adjust to the new Windows 11 interface.

      • #4223292
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        What is this new Windows 11 interface?

        by rproffitt ·

        In reply to Reply To: Windows 10 to11 Migration in a Domain environment

        I may be missing something here as I’m using Windows 10 and 11 in the office and home but I can’t say there’s much difference.

        Chrome is still Chrome, Office apps seem the same.

        Where is the difference?

    • #4223508

      Reply To: Windows 10 to11 Migration in a Domain environment

      by thabomashaba.sassa ·

      In reply to Windows 10 to11 Migration in a Domain environment

      In upgrading Windows 10 to Windows 11 within a domain environment, administrators should first assess compatibility using tools like the PC Health Check app, ensuring backups for data protection, and configuring Group Policy Objects (GPOs) for consistent settings. A pilot deployment phase allows for testing and user feedback, followed by a phased rollout to minimize disruptions. Proactive communication and user training are crucial, alongside post-upgrade validation and ongoing monitoring for security and performance.

    • #4223557

      Reply To: Windows 10 to11 Migration in a Domain environment

      by tiktokdownloader01 ·

      In reply to Windows 10 to11 Migration in a Domain environment

      Upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11 in a domain environment requires careful planning and execution to ensure minimal disruption and maximum compatibility with existing systems and applications. Here are some best practices for administrators to consider:
      Review System Requirements: Ensure all devices meet Windows 11’s hardware prerequisites.
      Compatibility Checks: Use Microsoft’s tools to check compatibility and address issues.
      Data Backup: Backup critical data before upgrading to prevent loss.
      Lab Testing: Test the upgrade process in a lab environment.
      Group Policy Updates: Review and update Group Policies for Windows 11.
      Pilot Deployment: Start with a small group for initial deployment and feedback.
      Application Compatibility: Confirm critical apps work with Windows 11.
      Driver Updates: Update device drivers for Windows 11 compatibility.
      User Communication: Inform users about the upgrade and provide training.
      Scheduled Deployment: Plan upgrades during off-peak times to minimize disruption.
      Monitoring and Troubleshooting: Monitor the upgrade process and be ready to troubleshoot.
      Post-Upgrade Support: Provide support to users after the upgrade.
      By following these best practices, administrators can ensure a smooth and successful transition from Windows 10 to Windows 11 in a domain environment.

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      Windows 10 to11 Migration in a Domain environment

      by cassharper030 ·

      In reply to Windows 10 to11 Migration in a Domain environment

      Before upgrading everything, use tools to see if your office programs and computers actually work with Windows 11. Don’t upgrade all PCs at once! Instead, do it in smaller groups. This lets you watch for issues, fix them, and adjust your plan as needed. Special software (Group Policy) in your domain settings can help control when each machine gets upgraded.
      A tool called USMT can help move your users’ files and settings to the new Windows 11 machines. This keeps things familiar for your users and avoids data loss during the upgrade.

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